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Department of Theater

"Haunted City" studies race in Philadelphia
For his new book, professor Christian DuComb took on a dual role as performer and researcher. READ MORE about DuComb's work.
Theater Faculty
Theater Faculty
Compelling instruction and professional performance and direction. Meet our theater faculty.
Dance at Colgate
Dance at Colgate
Colgate's theater department now offers a full slate of dance courses.
Academic Program in Theater
Academic Program in Theater
Our course offerings will challenge your knowledge and assumptions and engage your desire to learn.  READ MORE about the academic program in Theater
Student Theater
Student Theater
You have many curricular and extracurricular opportunities to get involved with theater on campus.  READ MORE about student theater opportunities
Latest News
Latest News
There is plenty going on in the Colgate theater community. ALL THEATER NEWS
Tour the Theater
Tour the Theater
Brehmer is a proscenium theater with a capacity of 336. Tour the theater with this 360-degree panorama!
Act, dance, direct, design, and study theater with our extraordinary faculty.

Our Mission

When we “get into the skin” of another human being (in life or in theater), we learn something both about the other person and about ourselves.

In Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, when Perdita puts on a costume for a festival, she says: “Sure, this robe of mine / Does change my disposition.” Playing a role transforms her, even after the festival is over. By studying and making theater, Colgate students act out a variety of perspectives on the world in order to better understand it.

Theater sharpens logic and intuition, and personalizes knowledge through the practice of patience and empathy. By teaching students to act, direct, design, and write for the theater, our courses develop skills in leadership and collaboration that apply to any field of endeavor. Theater students learn to problem solve and self-start through immersion in the challenging, unpredictable, and exhilarating reversals of the creative process.

MORE ABOUT MAJOR AND MINORThe theater department offers both a major and a minor in theater.

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Success after Colgate

Colgate alumni who majored in theater are pursuing careers in a variety of fields. Check out just a few of the possibilities out there for our majors. READ MORE about success after Colgate

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Paul Hackenmueller presentation
Paul Hackenmueller Presentation
Theater & Opera
The Santa Fe Opera: The Golden Cockerel Opera Philadelphia: Carmen, La Traviata Bucharest National Opera: La Traviata The Dallas Opera: Becoming Santa (World Premiere), The Golden Cockerel  Gotham Chamber Opera: Baden Baden 1927  Boston Lyric Opera: Werther, I Puritani, Tosca Pittsburgh Opera: Rodelinda Opera Omaha: La Boheme, Tosca Opera Colorado: Romeo & Juliet, Rusalka Minnesota Opera: Rusalka Palm Beach Opera: Orfeo et Euridice. Broadway: (Assoc) Disgraced, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, Superfly, the new musical, Fela!, Desire Under the Elms, A Bronx Tale, Mauritius, The Frogs, Aida, and Martin Guerre. The Guthrie Theater: Confluence, An Evening of One Acts, Short Stories, An Evening of Short Plays, Seven Eleven, I Keep Walking on Sinking Sand, A Long Walk Syracuse Stage: Caroline or Change GEVA: A Christmas Carol Alliance Theater: Ghost Brother’s of Darkland County, Jesus Christ Superstar Gospel (Associate) Merrimack Repertory Theater: God of Carnage, Tally’s Folly, Fabuloso, Mrs. Whitney, Half ‘n Half ‘n Half, Homestead Crossing Juilliard School: John Barton’s The Greeks: Part One Children’s Theater Company: The Sneetches, The Wizard of Oz Perseverance Theater: Treasure Island, Skin of our Teeth Berkshire Theater Group: Same Time Next Year, No Wake, Finian’s Rainbow, Homestead Crossing Portland Stage: Homestead Crossing McCarter Theater Center / Princeton University: Troy: After & Before People’s Light & Theater Company: Sleeping Beauty, Biloxi Blues, Tale of Two Cities, Cinderella, Treasure Island: A Musical Panto, Twelfth Night Theater Latte Da: Parade Off-Broadway: Happy Birthday, TACT; Cloud Tectonics, Culture Project; Walk Two Moons, Lortel; Jump/Rope, Square Peg Productions; Peter Pan, The Great American War Machine, Irondale Ensemble; Carrie, PS122.

Artist Performances
Katy Perry, Michael Buble, Bruno Mars, Norah Jones, Courtyard Hounds, Tony Bennett, Beyonce, John Legend, James Taylor, Alison Kraus, No Doubt, Taylor Swift, B.O.B., Pearl Jam, Faith Hill, Matisyahu, Shakira, Justin Timberlake, Lady Antebellum, The Band Perry, Black Eyed Peas, Luke Bryan, Elton John, Garth Brooks, Lionel Ritchie, Jon McLaughlin, Billy Ray Cyrus, K’naan, Marc Anthony, Ricky Martin, Jennifer Hudson, Jackie Evancho, Gloria Estefan, & The Fray.

Corporate Clients
Target Stores, Carlson Companies, Boston Scientific, Starkey Inc., Helms Briscoe, & Cargill.

M.F.A. New York University Tisch School of the Arts; B.A. University of Minnesota

Most Recent Productions

Belleville by Amy Herzog, directed by Adrian Giurgea

Belleville, by Amy Herzog, a full length drama brings to life young Americans Zack, and Abby, who have the perfect ex-pat life in Paris: a funky bohemian apartment in the up-and-coming neighborhood of Belleville; a stable marriage; and Zack’s noble mission to fight pediatric AIDS. But when Abby finds Zack, at home one afternoon when he’s supposed to be at work, the questions and answers that follow shake the foundations of their seemingly beautiful life.

Starring Fiona A. Boateng, Jonathan Burton, Tariro Chinyanganya, and Abdel Aziz B. Sanogo.

Directed by Adrian Giurgea; scenic design by Marjorie Kellogg; costume design by Fiona A. Boateng; lighting design by Haoqi Xia; and technical direction by Joel Morain.

Belleville is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Department Contacts

ChairApril Sweeney
Administrative assistant: Jacqueline Old Coyote-Logan (
Office: Dana Arts Center
Phone: 315-228-7639
Dept. Fax: 315-228-7002